put negotiations with the city on hold”. Nick added, “The main idea is that these 60 cars should have batteries charged, gas tanks full, license plates current and they should be road worthy. This involves a huge amount of time and effort. I am 66 and no one else in my family has the old car gene. I have four young grandkids that, for now, like hanging out with me so I want to have as much time as possible for them.
My other hobby, raising horses, is expanding. I have bought additional acreage and enjoy the Santa Ynez Valley and want to be there more. The cumulative effect of all of the above led me to my decision. It was not an easy one, I still get a rush when I open the door and look down the rows of those awesome old Fords and Mercurys. I still have days when I think, what the hell am I doing”.
Nick went on to say, “I am grateful for the friendships that I have made over the last 14 years and I intend to remain in the hobby and look forward to seeing you all at future meets and get-togethers. A huge thanks to all of you that have helped us put our collection together by selling us cars and parts and sharing your knowledge and expertise. Several members of our team intend to stay at our location and continue to do first class woodwork, wood graining, upholstery and mechanical work, so I hope you will continue to utilize their services, they are highly skilled family people that take great pride in their work”.
Nick’s dad, Ben Alexander, best known for his role as Officer Frank Smith in the TV series Dragnet, started his Ford dealership in Los Angeles to supplement his acting career. Nick took over in the mid 60’s and eventually it became, as it is today, a BMW dealership.
The collection contains meticulously restored Woodie Station Wagons representing every year that Ford made a Woodie. Also included are several Mercury Station Wagons and some rare Ford & Mercury Sportsman convertibles.
Thanks for the Show!